The Queen of Water by Laura Resau & Maria Virginia Farinango
Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta—stupid Indian—by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.
In this poignant novel based on a true story, acclaimed author Laura Resau has collaborated with María Virginia Farinango to recount one girl’s unforgettable journey to self-discovery. Virginia’s story will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find his or her place in the world. It will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, it will fill you with hope.
Meeting date: March 9, 2014 at Jane & Alfonso’s
Suggested menu: Fried guinea pigs (!!! 48), Cortido salad (56), Inca Kola (45), fried potatoes and rice with egg and lentils (89), quinoa (146), pumpkin jelly sandwiches (261), cream of asparagus soup with blue cheese, chicken, and chocolate mousse (327)
Actual menu: Chicken, rice, and potatoes
Attendees: Alfonso, Jane, Roxana, David, Katie
Rating: Not yet rated
Comments: “The Queen of Water is a historical fiction novel based on the life of Maria Virginia Farinango. Born in Ecuador, Maria Virginia is the daughter of an indigenous farm worker who is sent with the land owner’s mestizo son as a servant. It is unclear on the details of her servitude to Carlito and Doctorita.” –Alfonso